Anonymous asked: So, I'm thinking of making small, simple notebooks to possibly sell on etsy, similar to the smallish moleskin style notebooks. I already know how to do the binding, but I've been looking at notebooks similar to what I want to make on etsy and they all have rounded corners. I'm just sort of cutting the paper either with a paper cutter guillotine type thing or by folding and slicing with a bone folder. How are they rounding the corners and getting the cover to match the paper??? Love your blog! :D
Hiya! I think you can buy Corner Rounder Punches in certain crafts + stationary shops and online, although I’ve no experience using them, and I’m not sure if there’s any heavy duty ones that could punch an entire bookblock in one go..
Maybe you could possibly check the websites of any nearby printing/design shops, as they may have a massive punch/guillotine that could do a whole book, rather then having to individually punch each page’s corners yourself?
As for the rounded edges on the book’s cover, I tend to achieve the look by rounding off the greyboard myself using sandpaper, which isn’t too tricky! I’d wait to have the bookblock’s corners all rounded off first, and then measure by eye the angle they were cut, and simply replicate it on the cover’s last 4 corners, before wrapping it in bookcloth or leather. Good luck with your notebooks x
EDIT: I just received this information from jess-ange:
Hi! In answer to the question about the rounded corners: there’s one called crop-a-dile i use that costs $25-ish. It won’t go through a whole book but WILL go through bookboard! Comes with 1/4” and 1/2” size corners.